Outstanding Young Citizen Awardees


2024 Outstanding Young Citizens

will be announced Thursday, April 25!

Congratulations to our 2024 Outstanding Young Citizens.


Avni Kathju

Sewickley Academy, 11

Sandeep Kathju

Academic Achievement

James Scott Pearson Science/Math Award, awarded to the top Science/Math student at Sewickley Academy – 1 Year
Heagy Award, awarded by teachers at Sewickley Academy to the student who best exemplifies citizenship and personal character – 1 Year
American Legion Award, voted by peers at Sewickley Academy to the student who best demonstrates personal character and citizenship – 1 Year
Alden Sector Grade 9 History Award, awarded to the top History student in 9th grade at Sewickley Academy – 1 Year
Grade 10 McKallip Award, awarded to the student “who has displayed the qualities of hard work, persistence, and resilience.” – 1 Year

Extracurricular Activities

Club Ice Hockey at Arctic Foxes, South Hills and North Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey Associations, Member – 3 Years
Guiding Star Productions (Dance Troupe), Captain – 3 Years
Musical Theater (Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Pittsburgh Youth Chorus), Member – 3 Years
Classical Piano, Member – 3 Years
Leadership Clubs: Model UN, Asian Culture Club, Mock Trial, President – 3 Years

Community Involvement

Intern, Niepa Lab, University of Pittsburgh, worked on characterization of novel antimicrobial biomaterials. – 1 Year
Volunteer, VA Pittsburgh Health System, Veterans Digital Health Literacy Initiative- assisted patients, observed medical rounds and procedures – 1 Year
Volunteer, Surgery Center, Student Ambassador – 3 Years
Medical Counseling, Student Ambassador – 3 Years
STEM Tutoring, Student Ambassador – 3 Years


I am very interested in human health and welfare, especially in being able to help meet the healthcare needs of medically underserved communities, both here in the US and globally. I plan to major in Global Health with a focus on the Biological Sciences to provide me with the background I need to be involved in initiatives like improving access to healthcare facilities, providing health education and outreach programs, and advocating for policies that address systemic barriers to good health.